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Budapest Assembly Approves Homeless Winter Care Measures

Budapest’s new municipal assembly on Wednesday unanimously votedto support measures proposed by the mayor to improve winter care of the city’s homeless. The measures include the coordinated disinfection of night shelters, ensuring accessibility to care facilities and increasing the number of active recovery beds. The assembly has approved 47 million forints …

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New Commission Voted In, Várhelyi Officially Becomes Commissioner

As the European Parliament votedtoday to approve Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission, it is now official that Olivér Várhelyi has become Hungary’s next Commissioner and will lead the EC’s Neighborhood and Enlargement portfolio. The new Commission was approved with 461 votes in favor, 157 against, and 89 abstentions. According to Euronews, …

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Marina Gera Bags First Ever Hungarian Emmy Award for Role in ‘Eternal Winter’

Hungarian actor Marina Gera won an International Emmy Award, the ‘Oscar of television films,’  for the Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Hungarian television drama Eternal Winter at the 47th International Emmy Awards yesterday, on the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism. She dedicated the award to “all the Hungarian victims …

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New Budapest Mayor Sets Conditions for Consent to 2023 World Athletics Championships

Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, has set conditions for going ahead with the 2023 World Athletics Championships and giving his consent to the construction of the stadium needed to host the event. One condition is that the government should increase the budget for the Healthy Budapest Programme by 50 billion forints (EUR …

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New Budapest Mayor Blocking Liget Project Forces PM Orbán to Change Plans

After the joint left-liberal opposition parties secured their majority in Budapest, the investments the previous city administration made with the government became a key question. One of the greatest debates has been the flagship development project in City Park. After the latest resolution of the General Assembly, and newly elected …

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EP Committee Approves Hungary Commissioner Candidate Várhelyi

The European Parliament’s (EP) Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) did not declare a conflict of interest for the new French, Hungarian, and Romanian Commissioner designates at its meeting on Tuesday, according to Hungarian Fidesz MEP József Szájer, the only Hungarian member of the committee in Brussels. Thus, the approval process for Olivár Várhelyi …

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International coding school comes to Budapest

The international Wild Code School opens its 24th campus in the Hungarian capital. From January 2020 the institution will offer extraordinary and unique education. HVG reported that alongside international opportunities the school offers a 5-month-long intensive web developing course in English-language. According to the school’s owners, Budapest is an attractive …

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Szijjártó: EU Enlargement ‘in Good Hands’ with Hungarian 

European Union enlargement “is in good hands”, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said during a World Economic Forum event in Geneva on Friday, insisting that the enlargement and neighborhood portfolio would be “the Hungarian commissioner’s responsibility”. Szijjártó told a forum on the Western Balkans attended by leaders and …

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Orbán: Pro-migration Forces Interested in Removing Erdogan

Turkey is instrumental in stopping the “wave of millions of migrants” on their way towards Hungary and Europe, although the Hungarian opposition cannot or will not understand that, Prime minister Viktor Orbán told public Kossuth Radio on Friday. Any attempt to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s from office would be in …

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Govt Meets New Budapest Mayor: Partnership to Develop Budapest Common Cause

The government sees the new Budapest leadership as “partners”, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. Gergely Karácsony, the new mayor of Budapest who also attended the meeting at Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s invitation, told a joint press conference that it would be “much easier” to …

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Fate of Budapest’s ‘Super-Hospital’ in Doubt

By 2023, three “super-hospitals” are to be developed by the government in Budapest. One of them, referred to as the last hundred year’s biggest healthcare investment project – a huge, state-of-the-art complex dubbed South-Buda Central Hospital (DBC) is planned to be built. Budapest’s new opposition leadership, however, insists that this …

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New Mayor Karácsony Outlines ‘Fundamental Values’ for Budapest Leadership

Gergely Karácsony, Budapest’s new mayor, has set out the principleswhich he said would guide the city’s leadership in the next five-year municipal cycle. Speaking at the new municipal assembly’s first meeting after his oath-taking, Karácsony said there should not be any “second-class” citizens in the city. He said municipal leaders must …

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Orbán Calls for Fair EU Budget

The European Union budgetproposal put forward by the outgoing European Commission is “unfair”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Prague on Tuesday. “We want justice,” he said. After the Friends of Cohesion summit held together with Visegrad Group leaders, Orbán said the proposal under discussion across Europe contained faults that could be …

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Hungarian Flag at Half-mast to Mark Crushing of 1956 Uprising

The Hungarian flag was hoisted in front of Parliament and lowered to half-mast on Monday morning, to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of Soviet forces crushing the 1956 uprising. Defence Minister Tibor Benkő attended the ceremony. Throughout the day, the public can light candles at the House of Terror museum and visit plot 301 …

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Von der Leyen okays Hungaryʼs candidate for commissioner

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has approved Thierry Breton and Olivér Várhelyi as the nominees for her administration from France and Hungary, respectively, after previous candidates were vetoed by European lawmakers, euronews.com reported Tuesday. EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen (photo: Olaf Kosinsky / Wikipedia) The French businessman …

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Putin in Budapest: Russia to further Deepen Ties with Hungary

Russia considers Hungary an important partner in supplying gas to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Wednesday. The mechanism allowing Hungary and Russia to cooperate at the highest level has been in place for several years now and has …

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Orbán after Putin Meeting: Russia, West Cooperation in Hungary’s Interest

Hungary’s interest lies in the improvement of cooperation between the West and Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest on Wednesday. Hungary also benefits if relations between western and eastern Europe, NATO, and Russia are good, the prime minister said. Orbán …

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Russian-Hungarian Summit: Gazprom, Rosatom leaders held talks in Budapest

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met leaders of Russia’s national gas company Gazprom and Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom for talks in Budapest on Wednesday. After talks with Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller, Szijjarto said that Hungary’s gas supplies had “never been this secure” and added that “for the first time …

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Hungarian Ultra-Triathlete Ferenc Szőnyi First Ever to Complete 20x Ironman Twice

Hungarian ultra-triathlete Ferenc Szőnyi, also known as the ‘Racemachine’ by fellow sportsmen, has completed the Double Deca Ironman race this weekend in Mexico for the second time, which made him the first person in the world to complete the distance twice. Following his first place win in 2010, this time …

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municipal elections 2019 migration labour market tourism event Sport Full house: 68,000 tickets to Puskás Arena inaugural match sell out in days!

Tickets for the inaugural match at Budapest’s Puskas Ferenc Arena, a state-funded, UEFA category 4 stadium that can seat close to 68,000, sold out on Monday, hours after they went on sale to the general public, the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) said on Monday. Tickets for the friendly match between …

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Orbán on 1956: Hungarians Wanted Free, Independent Country in Europe of Nations

Hungarians in 1956 wanted a “free and independent” country for themselves in the “Europe of nations”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told a state commemoration of Hungary’s anti-Soviet uprising of 1956 at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music on Wednesday. On October 23, 1956, Hungarians demanded to be given back their right to …

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